What Every Couple Needs To Know About Divorce Statistics
This post was originally published on Your Tango.
I'll bet you've heard at least one of these statistics about divorce:
• 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce
• More than 60 percent of second marriages end in divorce
• More than 70 percent of third marriages end in divorce
Every time I read stats like these divorce statistics, I'm reminded of a grad school buddy of mine, Cheng Ling. When I joined the research group, Cheng was one of the senior grad students. He'd been in the group for a couple of years and had a reputation for being a comedian. One day after I'd been a part of the group for about a year, he walked into my office and asked what I was doing. I told him I was working on my statistics homework. He started laughing and told me that statistics were all lies. I assumed he was joking with me again, but he assured me he wasn't and kept on laughing.
I was shocked! How could statistics be lies? Here I was, taking a course on statistics to help me with my dissertation work. I needed to take the class because statistics were how you "proved" your research. I told him I didn't believe him. He continued to laugh and asked me to come with him to his office across the hall because he had a book he wanted to share with me. Happy for the excuse to stop working on my homework, I followed Cheng across the hall and into his office.
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By Karen Finn